by David P. Gontar (May 2016)
Readers of The Weekly Standard must have fallen out of their armchairs recently on learning from Paul Cantor that Shakespeare was a dedicated despiser of chivalry. Surprised? Don’t be. These days you can get away with any sort of palaver about the “the Bard” as long as you’re appropriately cynical and denigratory. more>>>
As usual Mr. Gontar gets to the proper reading of the Bard. Chivalry, properly defined, leads not to puppy love, war and stupid government but rather to marital fidelity, brotherly love, positive government and joyful interplay between the sexes. Mr. Cantor's definition of chivalry is Cervantes' straw man chivalry written for comedy by a master satirist, not the real thing.
Jolly good rebuff. There is sanity in the world, thank Heaven.